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roberto garcia
After Effects .mov files look darker in Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2011 at 3:58:26 pm

Hi, i was compositing in After Effects Cs5, i rendered several clips, that look great in After Effects and in quicktime, but when i put that images on Final Cut Pro, they look darker, what can i do if i´m not able to render again from after effects, i didn´t save all the things i did in AE, i just rendered my work and is what i have now: my rendered .mov clips.

i just have my imac, and i see an external monitor (which is tv)using digital desktop cinema

What can i do? i need my work to be ready this week


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: After Effects .mov files look darker in Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2011 at 6:24:40 pm

What codec are the files?

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
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roberto garcia
Re: After Effects .mov files look darker in Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2011 at 6:32:45 pm

i´ve redered from after effects using a sheervideo codec (Sheer Y'CbCr 10bv[A] 4:4:4[:4]) , i´m not a pro into this, i used that codec because i readed in the web about it´s lossless features


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Walter Soyka
Re: After Effects .mov files look darker in Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2011 at 7:15:00 pm

I almost always work in ProRes 422 in FCP, and I almost always render to ProRes 422 from AE for FCP. If I need transparency, I'll use ProRes 4444, PNG, or Animation.

Sheer is nice, but ProRes is good enough that I don't think Sheer is necessary anymore.

Walter Soyka
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David Johnson
Re: After Effects .mov files look darker in Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2011 at 6:30:22 pm

And, why on earth wouldn't you save the work you did in AE!? You may be starting to realize this now, but just in case you aren't ... that is a VERY, VERY bad practice. Project files are tiny ... no reason at all not to save them ... I have AE project files from ten years ago or more.


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roberto garcia
Re: After Effects .mov files look darker in Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2011 at 6:35:41 pm

yes, what a mistake not to save all, i´ve started using AE this month, i have saved some of the archives, but i don´t have all of them now, that´s my problem, i need to fix the archives outside AE


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Walter Soyka
Re: After Effects .mov files look darker in Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2011 at 6:39:06 pm

If the files are encoded with an RGB codec, you can alter their gamma in FCP. Select the clip, hit Cmd-9, then right-click on Gamma (Source) and choose the correct gamma.

Alternately, you can use the 3-way Color Corrector (or Levels) to tweak the gamma.

For future reference, you might want to look into color management in After Effects [link]. ProRes roundtrips cleanly from FCP to AE and back.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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